Monday, December 19, 2016

Museum Happenings: 2016 A Year in Review!

2016: A Year in Review

In 2016, the University of Mississippi Museum's Education and Outreach programming reached new audiences, formed lasting partnerships, and brought the museum's collections and special exhibits to life for over 12,500 participants both on and off-site. We have expanded both the number and reach of programming, but beyond the growth in numbers, our successes are measured in the small moments where intergenerational learning happens, an object from the collection inspires classroom discussion, or a child or a family experiences the museum for the first time. Such unprecedented growth was made possible through the generous support of the Friends of the Museum in their annual Harvest Supper fundraising, the Lafayette Oxford Foundation for Tomorrow, and many individuals and donors who have made a difference for the Museum. Programming was extended to reach new audiences starting at age zero with our new stroller tour program, Buie Babies, in partnership with LOU Excel by 5. Buie Babies included special visitors from the Early Years Network, Kindermusik with Jeanne, the Lafayette-Oxford Public Library, and the Lafayette County Literacy council, providing an opportunity for parents to mingle and learn about community resources, and it was exciting to see babies making new observations and experiencing the lights and colors of art for the first time. Our programming also extended for adult audiences with a renewed effort for adult programming including the drop-in First Friday Free Sketch Days, Learning to Sketch from Museum Masters sketching workshop with Constance Pierce, and our Adult Studio Photography Workshop with Brooke White inspired by "The Beautiful Mysterious: The Extraordinary Gaze of William Eggleston."

In addition to growing programming to reach audiences of different ages, this year we were more involved than ever in our local community, forming new, lasting partnerships with groups including Good Food for Oxford Schools, the Literacy Council, Boys and Girls Clubs of North MS, the Oxford Community Market, Rebelthon, Guyton Fall Fest, and expanding on existing partnerships with Leap Frog, the Scott Center, YAC, the Ford Center, Horizons, Baptist Memorial Hospital- North MS, AmeriCorps VISTA, LOU Reads, Excel by 5, and more! Between these outreach efforts and continuing initiatives to raise student awareness through tours and scholarly collaborations, the UM Museum feels more relevant in both our community and university than ever before.

A big effort of 2015 included an Ignite Ole Miss crowd-funding campaign to provide three years of free family days, and it was exciting to see those funds put into action this year. We started the year with a Quilting Cupids Family Day where families created projects inspired by the breathtaking quilts of Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry, then we finished up the spring with a family day inspired by the impressionist landscapes of Kate Freeman Clark. During this event we collected quilts and blankets for those in need that were donated to the Interfaith Compassion Ministry. For the first time we also offered a summer family day connecting the Rio Summer Olympics with our David M. Robinson Collection of Greek and Roman Antiquities. The Summer Olympics also helped relaunch this blog with #OlympicsDidYouKnow posts celebrating the ancient collection and making educational ties to the modern games. Fall 2016 saw our two biggest annual family days: Let's Move! Family Day on the trail where over 200 participants went on an archaeological adventure through Bailey's Woods to Rowan Oak, where the Public Archaeology Day was going on, and our Santa's Workshop, where the Museum and Ford Center hosted 338 participants as families created winter art projects, found trouble-making elves in the galleries, and rode the Flying Tuks to Gingerbread Village.

Public programs continued to fill up at unprecedented speeds, and our Mini Masters toddlers, Art Zone after school kids, Milkshake Mash-Up middle schoolers and teens explored new exhibits, made connections and expanded their creativity through stories and art. Art Zoners took field trips to the UM Art Department, renowned portrait artist, Jason Bouldin's studio, and the UM Theatre prop storage for a photography project, while also meeting guest artists Carlyle Wolfe, Jonathan Smith, and Frank Estrada. Our older Art Zone students were even able to make virtual museum tours in Studio One at the UM library! Summer 2016 was by far the busiest two months on record. In the mornings we welcomed campers to museum summer camps exploring American art, ancient civilizations, mythology, science and nature, and more for students in grades 1-5, a pre-K Mini Masters Camp, and a Middle School Camp.  While camps were happening in one classroom, our other classroom was filled with daycare kids from ABC Learning, North Oxford Baptist Church, and First Baptist in our Passport to Art program, where kids would get passports stamped each week as we traveled to a foreign land or time period inspired by the museum's collection. In the afternoons, our classrooms were busy with Rebel Quest kids in one room and Horizons classes in the other. Horizons is a partnership which has made a tremendous impact as we have been able to create a sense of ownership of the museum for children from low-income families at risk for falling behind in the summer learning gap. As fall started, we also found new opportunities to bring our exhibit of William Eggleston photography to life as we used a classroom set of cameras to introduce photography to our Art Zone kids, Northside Tupelo Boys and Girls Club, and Jonestown Community Development Resource and Activity Center inspired by the exhibit.

All of these programs would not have been possible without our team of educational interns, graduate assistantships and volunteers. A special thank you goes out to Stacy Siebenaler, Anna Garrett, Mary Holland Burnett, Meghan Matthews, Ben Strassman, Jake Bava, Taylor Dumas, Casey Bemis, Jessie Smith, Grace Moorman, Kelly Meksto, Julia Ashley, Emily Hargrove, Abby Posey, and all of the wonderful teachers who have lead our programs this year. This fall, Emily Hargrove began her graduate assistantship at the UM Museum through the School of Education, after demonstrating leadership while interning at the museum. Steven Mockler, another former intern, also returned to the Museum as our 2016-2017 AmeriCorps VISTA and has already made a significant impact, including his hard work on this blog.

A list of programs and partners- many of which were repeated weekly, monthly, or semesterly visits or programs is included below, and we have loved every minute of 2016 being able to share the Museum with these audiences! Our team was able to reach thousands of children off-site through our Traveling Trunk program, which we are able to offer to teachers free of charge and has been a cornerstone of the museum's educational mission for decades. This was also a big year for tours; 17 EDHE classes made their way to the museum; with the addition of events like the Fall Family Weekend and Provost Scholars Mingles, we are making strides toward the goal of making sure every UM student experiences early in their college career. We were proud to host studio art, art history, classics, English, poetry, English as a second language classes, and more. We have had busy days of school visits starting as young as Pre-K, and seeing large groups such as 170 2nd graders from Tupelo all in one morning, or the 630 OE first graders total that visited our Museum in the spring and fall. Each group has left an impression on our staff and this museum, and it has been our privilege to enhance their classroom experiences with engaging field trips.

To all of the families and children who have experienced the Museum this year and those we hope to reach in the year ahead, Happy Holidays from our team at the UM Museum! 

Emily McCauley
Curator of Education
UM Museum

2016 Museum Happenings List: 

Public Programs
Milkshake Mash Ups (monthly)
Art Zone
RebelWell Yoga in the Galleries (weekly)
Mini Masters (x2 per month in partnership with YAC)
Quilting Cupids Family Day- Caryl Bryer Fallert Gentry-
Free Sketch Fridays- new program! (monthly)
Buie Babies- new program! (x3)
Marie Hull Over the River and Through the Woods Landscape Painting FAD
Passport to Art: 8 weeks of summer programming for day cares- ABC Learning, North Oxford Baptist, First Baptist, 4-5 days per week
Summer Camps- Coast to Coast: American Art, Science and Art, Tribal Art, Mythology Camp, Museum Mania, Mini Masters, All About Art: Middle School Edition
Night of Whimzy inspired by MS artist Marie Hull
ASW Sketching in the Galleries with Constance Pierce
Summer Olympics Family Day- in partnership with RebelWell and Campus Rec
Eta Sigma Phi Toga Trivia night developed by Melanie Munns, Antiquities Collections Manager and the Classics Department
Let’s Move Family Activity Day
ASW Photography Workshop with Brooke White
Santa’s Workshop- 330 in attendance

Tours and University Connections
Kris Belden-Adams Art History Class and Liberal Arts (x2)
PEAK Tupelo Homeschool Group
ARED 361 Tours (x5)- 60 volunteers each semester
YAC homeschool group
Jan Murray: Art 101 (x5)
Brad Cook Classics Students (x4)
Cub Scouts
Calhoun Academy
Coterie Club
Grenada HS
Matt Long/Andrew McIntyre Ceramics Classes
South Pontotoc Middle School
OIS Art Club
Dr. Ajootian's Classics students in partnership with Melanie Munns, Antiquities Collection Manager
Dr. Arizzoli (x8)
Dr. Becker Classics
EDHE Classes (x17)
Blair Hobbs Poetry Students (x4)
Planter’s Bank
North Pontotoc HS
Art 101
OE Insights (x2)
OE Elementary 1st Graders (350 -Spring and 280-Fall )
Ripley Retirement Group
Intensive English Program Tours (x2)
Visit Oxford (x2)
St Benedict’s High School
The Blake (x2)
Chalybeate Elementary School
NWCC (x8)
Amory Groups
Regents of Oxford (x2)
Pontotoc Elementary Second Graders (175)
Columbia Academy
Moms and Tots
Rebel Quest- 2 visits per week in the summer
DDS Camp Discovery
Jumpstart Group from Vardaman
Oxford Park Commission: (90)
Lott Institute Delta Group
First Baptist Summer Program Tour and Activity
North Panola Summer School
McLean Institute Summer Groups
Honors College Welcome Week Tours
Dramatic Literature UM Class
CREO school Wren, MS
Baldwin HS Tour
New Albany Middle Tour and Activity
New Albany Homeschool Group
Pearman Elementary, Cleveland, MS Tour and Activity
School of Pharmacy Staff Retreat
Itawamba Community College
New Albany Elementary Gifted
Dr. Crouther Art 101 (x6)
Honors 101 Eggleston Tour
National Archaeology Day HS Students
Discovery Day School Tour and Activity
Abbeville Day Care tour and activity
Memphis Retirement Group
Lawhon Elementary (170)
Potts Camp Middle School
Calhoun City Elementary

Outreach Partnerships
Scott Center (twice each month, culminating in a final exhibition of student work)
Monthly visits to Lafayette-Oxford Public Library
Leap Frog
Boys and Girls Club
Horizons- Horizons Day in February, Tuesdays and Thursdays in the summer
First Folios Ford Center Partnership
Oxford Community Market- Busy Bee Program- Monthly, started partnership in May
Baptist Baby Fair
AmeriCorps VISTA
Guyton Fall Festival
Food Day with Good Food for Oxford Schools at OE (10/24)
Community Wizarding Walk
Eggleston photo project at Northside Boys and Girls Club and Jonestown Community Center

Trunk Visits
Traveling Trunk Prof Dev. Day in Como
Walter Anderson Trunk to Della (100)
Theora Trunk to Tupelo Middle School (45)
Folk Art Trunk in Saltillo Elementary (195)
Walter Anderson Trunk to DDS
ARED Walter Anderson Trunk
Lowcountry Basket Trunk to Chickasaw Elementary
Chinese Trunk to Della
Ancient Greece Trunk to Lafayette Upper Elementary
Chinese Trunk at Chickasaw Elementary
African Trunk at Joyner Elementary
Lowcountry Basket Trunk to Lafayette Elementary (x3)
Ancient Greece Trunk to Della
Walter Anderson Trunk to Regents
Chinese Art Trunk to UM Student Teachers
Faulkner Trunk to Water Valley High School
Folk Art Trunk to Boys and Girls Club
Ancient Greece Trunk to Oakland Public Library
Folk Art Trunk to Carrot Camp
Lowcountry Basket Trunk to Carrot Camp
Ancient Greece Trunk to Batesville Public Library
Chinese Art Trunk to Boys and Girls Club of Oxford
African Art Trunk to Jonestown
Folk Art Trunk to Rebel Quest
African Art Trunk to Boys and Girls Club of MS
Folk Art Trunk to Jonestown
Lowcountry Basket Trunk to RebelQuest
Folk Art Trunk to Coffeeville Public Library
African Trunk to RebelQuest
Chinese Trunk to RebelQuest
Theora Trunk to Baldwyn Elementary (90)
Faulkner Trunk to Walter Valley HS Special Needs
Walter Anderson Trunk to Della
Theora Trunk at Lafayette Middle School
Ancient Greece Trunk at Rankin Elementary (170)
Faulkner Trunk to New Albany Elementary
Chinese Trunk to Lafayette
Faulkner Trunk to Bramlett After School
Chinese Trunk to Bramlett After School
Theora Trunk to Lafayette Elementary
Walter Anderson Trunk to Northside Boys and Girls in Tupelo
Ancient Greece Trunk to Northside Boys and Girls in Tupelo
Theora Trunk to Della Davidson
Native American Trunk to Water Valley HS Special Needs
Theora Trunk to Lafayette Elementary


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